Thursday, October 14, 2010

Travel Accessory: Dark Circles After the Long Haul, Touche Eclat vs. Neutrogena

I'm not a huge makeup person but after a grueling long-haul flight with a baby who screams for 7 hours straight (yes it did happen on one trip and I pray it was a singular experience), you don't look your best. The sleep-deprived mom/zombie eye brightener isn't on the market yet, but YSL's Touch Eclat is.

I discovered Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat while researching Pampered in Paris last year. YSL describes it as "a luminizing pen that brings light and radiance to the skin, immediately erases any signs of fatigue, and brightens the complexion." I find its light, feathery texture effective at brightening shadows around the eyes, but YSL's description is definitely hyperbole.

My circles are not super dark and I've read many reviews that for epic circles, this is not the product, especially at $40 for .1oz. That said, according to YSL, a unit of the product sells every 20 seconds. I was advised to use it on top of whatever else you are wearing--for me it's usually a light brush of mineral powder and then Touche on top.

This video demonstrates how to use it:

When I heard about Neutrogena's Skin Brightening Eye Perfector at $12, I had to try it. I like that it's supposed to work as a concealer and brightener and includes SPF25. It comes in a click pen with a brush just like the Touche. I so wanted to like this product but I couldn't get beyond the thick, tacky texture. I tried to use it for weeks. It doesn't blend well for me and its gooey texture makes it settle into fine lines.

Cosmetics are not always the answer for dark circles. They can be hereditary, a symptom of a liver or kidney imbalance (per traditional Chinese medicine), or just a benign reminder that you need more sleep.

I've read about a few other products that sound like they are worth a try, if you have any experience with them, please comment:

Givenchy Mister Bright Touch of Light Pen, $32
The Balm, Time Balm Concealer, $18
Clinique Airbrush Concealer, $19.50 or Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer, $14
Benefit Erase Paste, $26
Guerlain Terracotta Touche Glow-Enhancing Perfector for tanned complexions, $40

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